2017 will be the year that HTTP dies. In January 2017, Google Chrome is making some big changes to the way website security is presented to users. This change will make users really think about whether to continue using the website. In turn, website owners and developers will have to move to use HTTPS to ensure people feel secure using their site.

What's wrong with HTTP?

In short, it's completely insecure.

When you view a website over http://, nothing is encrypted or private. Anyone between your computer and the website server could potentially see what you are looking at and see any information you submit (e.g. passwords, personal data). This man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack could be someone on shared public WiFi watching you, your internet service provider (ISP),  your mobile company or government organisation.

What is changing in Google Chrome?

Beginning in January 2017, Google Chrome will mark HTTP pages as "Not secure" (see screenshot below). 

Initially this will be only if passwords or credit cards are submitted, but they'll soon do this for everything as part of their "long term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure" (see screenshot below).

Read their article about moving towards a more secure web. Other browsers have indicated they'll be doing the same.

HTTPS to the rescue!

Viewing websites over https:// means that the connection between your browser and the web server is completely encrypted and private. No one can listen in or tamper with the data being transmitted. 

Further, websites using HTTPS will do better in Google search results.

We have you covered

Anyone using an Airsquare website is already covered. We've moved all our sites to a new infrastructure, issued SSL certificates and implemented https for all sites. All our websites now only work on https, you should see a nice little green https when viewing an Airsquare website!